Talwar Gallery is pleased to present, Painting Redux, a solo exhibition of works by Allan deSouza. The exhibition will open to the public on December 7 and run through January 15, 2013. Through the appropriation of iconic paintings, and his virtual, painterly process, deSouza in Painting Redux, traverses past and present, exploring collective and individual encounters with Western art history and canonical Western artists. The familiar, figurative sources of the works, through the process of deSouza’s overlaying are submerged in dense, mostly monochromatic palettes, subtly re-emerging on the surface in residual traces and flecks of color.
In the Redactions series, paintings by Henri Rousseau and Paul Gauguin have been redacted and reworked, where the color is extracted from the furthest point of the painting–usually the horizon–is brought forth to envelope the surface, obscuring the original image. While the works in Third Eye emerge from self-portraits of major Western artists, undergoing a painterly retransformation with the dominant color in each portrait selected from the site of the proverbial ‘third eye’.
There is a heightened responsiveness in this body of work; from the seeming tactility of the medium, the variety of marks on the surface, texture in the translucency of erasure and simultaneous over laying seen in the most varied notations – from the lightness, the density and the sheer luminosity of color. Hovering between figuration and abstraction, subjectivity and neutrality, the real and the fictional, Allan deSouza’s works excavate historical, cultural, and ideological constructs, examining the relationship between narratives of collective identity, individual experience and art history.
Allan deSouza’s works are currently on view in a solo exhibition, His Masterʹs Tools at The Fowler Museum, Los Angeles, CA. His works have recently been on view at The Krannert Museum, Champaign, IL (2010); Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France (2010); Walther Collection, Neu‐Ulm, Germany (2010); Loyola University Museum, New Orleans, LA (2010); 3rd Guangzhou Triennale, China (2008) ; 7th Gwangju Biennale Seoul, South Korea (2008); The Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA (2007); In Snap Judgments at International Center of Photography, New York (2006) and travel to Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands and Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN; In Africa Remix at Museum Kunst Palast, Dusseldorf, Germany (2004) and travel to Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden (2006) and Hayward Gallery, London, England (2005); The Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA (2004); Museum of African Art, New York, NY (2003); The Studio Museum, Harlem, New York, NY and in Out of India, Queens Museum, NY (1997).